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Tattoos Unveiled on Egyptian Mummies From 3,000 Years Ago!

These tattoos were actually hidden before the rise in high-technology which is drawing the attention of Egyptologists everywhere.  It’s allowing for a glimpse into the lives of people in Egyptian culture 3,000 years ago, along with how they lived and how they worked.

According to the archaeologist, Anne Austin in a study published in 2017, she described identical symbols of religious connections as well as floral motifs, animals, and deities.  At that time, photography showed dozens of tattoos on necks, shoulders, arms, and backs of mummies including one with 2 lotus blossoms connected by a dotted line on a woman’s lips.

In 2014, the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) identified an extensively tattooed mummy from the necropolis at Deir el-Medina. The community was made up of workmen who cut and designed the New Kingdom’s royal tombs. Since that time, there have been several other individuals with tattoos among mummies that have been unidentified on the site.

Deir el-Medina was an ancient village occupied by craftsmen who built the royal tombs for the nearby Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia.   Deir el-Medina, unlike other places at the time, was a community for the sole purpose of housing the workers who were known as “Servants in the Place of Truth.

Look Again!

Along with her team, Austin examined the mummies in 2016 and then again this year. The findings were presented before the American Schools of Oriental Research.  Identified tattooed individuals along with others that were previously examined have been revealed.

Unfortunately, researchers can not identify the symbols or what they possibly meant or what they were used for.  The identities of these mummies remain unknown.

Researchers wrote in a paper that the distribution, displays, and content of these tattoos show how they were used in religious practices and to create public identities. One female mummy had extensive tattoos that revealed the tattoos were used to identify and enable this woman to act as a key religious practitioner to the Deir el-Medina community.

While the placement and designs of the tattoos varied greatly, the number of tattoos suggests that this was a practice that played a significant role in Deir el-Medina culture.  Without a doubt, these new findings definitely reveal that the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt was very popular.

Egyptologists have identified only a handful of tattoos going back to Pharaonic Egypt’s 3,000-year history.  That said, there is very little known about the practice of tattoos in Ancient Egypt. Researchers, to date, claim they have discovered what they believe are the oldest tattoos ever on 2 different mummies housed in the British Museum that date back 5,300 years ago.

Deir el-Medina has been excavated and studied since the early 20th century and has given the world so much information about the daily lives of the people as well as the construction of the resting places of the royals.

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Lamborghini Now Registers Cars On the Blockchain

Italian luxury brand Lamborghini Adopts Salesforce Blockchain The Italian luxury sports car maker has adopted the Salesforce blockchain platform to certify heritage cars securely.  The platform also speeds up the process of tracing and authenticating these vehicles.

The move was announced in November 2019 following Salesforce’s launch of a hyper ledger-based blockchain platform back in May.  This will now mean that a network can be implemented, joining together many trusted participants who will be able to carry out checks each time a  Lamborghini’s is resold.

It is good news for both sellers and buyers because now every Lamborghini vehicle will have its own record of service.  Under the old system, the vehicle would be taken to  Sant’Agata Bolognese, Lamborghini’s Italian HQ to undergo around 800-1,000 checks for the vehicle to be resold.

It is a long and involved process involving collaboration between a network of photographers, repairs shops and auction houses to verify the vehicle’s parts and service history.

Fighting Counterfeit Vehicles

With the introduction of the blockchain certification, Salesforce and Lamborghini have announced that every car will be resold with a full record of service, including parts, previous owners and any restoration work.

The new system will mean that there is less risk of buyers being sold a counterfeit vehicle as all the entire process of authentication is conducted by Lamborghini and its trusted partners within the network.

In August 2019, Lamborghini’s conducted a pilot trial of Salesforce Blockchain when it certified it’s Lamborghini Aventador S.  This unique car has been protected as a work of art and certified using the  Salesforce Blockchain when it took part in the  Monterrey Car Week.

Italian luxury brand Lamborghini Adopts Salesforce Blockchain The Italian luxury sports car maker has adopted the Salesforce blockchain platform to...

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The Power of Plants Actually Increases Your Productivity at Work!

Being tied to your desk all day long not only drains the life out of you, but your energy is shot to heck!  Many companies have been searching for solutions to increase their employee’s productivity. Well, it seems plants take the gold medal as the perfect solution!

According to a Canadian employer, they gave each one of their employees a plant and their productivity increased by 30%. Well, science is here to tell us why plants give employees what they need to keep them energized during the workday.

Plants Rock!

 Not only are plants decorative for your office, but plants give off many health benefits for our bodies and minds. Research by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services has shown that plants keep the air indoors much cleaner and improves our ability to concentrate.

It’s a known fact that furniture, cleaners, paint, and other elements in an office environment send off many toxic compounds which, in turn, contribute to our inability to think clearly.

Some of the best plants for ridding of unwanted compounds from our office air include bamboo palms, rubber plants, and snake plants plus they look really great.

The appearance of green plants around an office gives employees greater relaxation and removal of stress.  Plants also improve our mood conditions and we are able to stay focused for longer periods of time.  Companies have found that by implementing certain décor, employees’ morale and productivity are on the rise.

This includes indoor trees, planter boxes, and other natural elements to encourage natural, positive vibes.

Research has shown that looking at plants actually stimulates our brains and we will more easily enter into a more relaxed mode.  On top of that, a well-designed office with good light and plants, are a great benefit to the company’s bottom line.

 The Connection Between Plants & People

 According to studies, there is a strong need for people to be surrounded by nature.  Even though many of us live in a very fast-paced environment surround with chrome and glass, nature is a vital part of our society.  Also, when people are engaged in the modern world, they are completely immersed in their frontal lobe.

Being exposed to nature, the hyper-active frontal lobe is deactivated, encouraging happiness and stimulates creativity. So people wonder if you would have the same benefits if the plants in your office were fake.  Plants emit natural elements that benefit people, artificial or fake plants are just that, fake.

 Productivity Solutions

Companies for many years have been in debates and discussions trying to find out how much money or time is lost when their employees are unhappy, sick, or totally disengaged. Billions of dollars are tossed out the window due to issues with productivity so finding solutions are integral for expansion and profits.

Money is constantly spent in team building, developing an inclusive office culture, and extracurricular activities to promote increased productivity.  A Canadian business owner took a piece of advice from his wife, giving each employee a plant to place on their desks.

Employees were exposed to all available plants to find the perfect match. The results were astonishing, he discovered that each employee was doing approximately 30% more business.  He also added, that on top of improved metrics, all the plants were doing really well after five years of being introduced.

It seems his employees also seem to have developed green thumbs and have responded very positively to their new desk partners.  The employees each received their plants with a name tag that read “My Name Is…” which seems to have fostered an incredible relationship.  Adding plants and greenery to the workplace is a positive benefit for absolutely everyone involved.

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Out-Of-This-World & Totally Impractical Bridge Designs

Some designing concepts for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico in southern London are either pedestrian-friendly or just so far out of this world they have been called “The Flaming Mouth of Hades”.

The pedestrian bridge spans the Thames River that will link two different areas of the city and must be technically sound while creating a beautiful experience for a cyclist while offering a solid engineering design to provide enough required height to accommodate passing river traffic.

The designing of this bridge has drawn the attention of dozens of entries from around the world.

A list of contenders will be presented and the winner will be named, sometime soon.  The design must include what the bridge will look like from a distance, what it will feel like to pedestrians crossing it, and how it will look touching the shores on either side of the Thames.

Design is Critical for the Bridge’s Success

At this point in time, there is only a gallery of images to look at without much information on each design so it’s really difficult to tell just what you are looking at in some of these designs.  According to the City Metric, most of the entries look ridiculous, including one that is definitely not a bridge.

They pointed out that one looks like a spoon while another looks like an Escher painting! (Escher’s paintings were bizarre and impossible in reality).

There is no debate that the strange violet and orange creation for the bridge has been nicknamed “Hades” and is far from clear how this design could actually function as a bridge.

I guess you have to question if some of the entrants are just submitted for the heck of it vs. serious engineers that must complete this pedestrian bridge for aesthetic beauty as well as safety.  On particular design is actually quite beautiful featuring a perforated undulating canopy over a series of paths with planted greenery.

All in all, we will just have to wait to see what the judges think!

Some designing concepts for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico in southern London are either pedestrian-friendly or just so far out of this world they have been called “The Flaming Mouth of Hades”.

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Health Lifestyle

Do You Know What Carries the Most Germs in Your Wallet?

It’s really amazing how little we think about items we use every day and not even realize we are getting germs and bacteria on our hands, our faces, and passing them on to other people and things.

You probably use it every day and No, it’s not dollar bills or coins. Though that would be a good guess considering how many other people have put their hands on these bills and coins. If you think about it, you would be washing your hands almost all day long. Give up? It’s your credit and debit cards!

Recent research has shown that the level of germs on credit and debit cards is really quite high.

There is a sanitation monitoring device that actually measures the level of bacteria on the surface in order to calculate the germ rate. As a matter of fact, credit and debit cards have more germs and bacteria then dollar bills and coins put together.

What’s even more disgusting, credit cards rank higher in germs than public bathrooms or subway poles. In perspective, surfaces in a restaurant’s kitchen should have a germ score that’s lower than 10 to be considered sanitary.

Credit cards rank in at 285 which is 20 times dirtier than any of the above and is sitting in your wallet or pocketbook!

Granted, you don’t eat food using your credit or debit card but you should learn how to clean them. After all, you clean your hands and even your phone to get rid of dirt and germs, so why not your credit and debit cards that you probably handle every day? On top of that, you are passing those germs and bacteria on to absolutely everything you touch!

Cleaning your credit and debit cards is actually a lot easier than you might think and never affects the operation of the cards.

Cleaning Your Credit & Debit Cards:

You can use cleaning wipes used for your phones without damaging the cards. Another alternative is using anti-bacterial wipes that kill 99.9% of bacteria on surfaces.

As a matter of fact, you should go through your pockets or pocketbook and find other items that are collecting germs and bacteria and give them a good cleaning as well.

After wiping down your cards with an anti-bacterial wipe, give the card a little time to just sit and make sure the cards are totally dry before slipping them back into your wallet or swiping them in a machine. You have several items that could use a good cleaning including membership cards, ID cards, drivers’ licenses, etc.

So the next time you use your credit or debit card just remember they carry all sorts of germs and bacteria that you are now passing on to someone else. If you can, carry wipes around with you and clean your hands to keep germs from making you sick. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s so incredibly sanitary!

It’s really amazing how little we think about items we use every day and not even realize we are getting germs and bacteria on our hands, our faces, and passing them on to other people and things.

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New High-Powered Self-Balancing Scooter

A blend of road-worthy and rugged, the self-balancing electric scooter boasts a quick-start functionality and speeds of up to 25 miles per hour which is cool for scooting around and through traffic in crowded cities for hours, all in a single charge.

For those already into other private scooter-share programs like Lime or Bird, but are dissatisfied with having to hunt for them, this device is a phenomenal boost in durability, personalization, maneuverability, speed, and acceleration.

Meet The “Stator”

Nathan Allen, a California-based product designer developed the Stator with all these demands in mind. It has oversized wheels connected to a single-tube frame and a single, wraparound handlebar with an electronic control unit (turned on by a wireless RFID tag or standard key).

Part of the design’s charm is its modularity. Made up of components that can be personalized and swapped, comprising of custom racks and rack bags, headlights, phone chargers and holders, seat, brake lights.

It’s powered by a 1000W geared motor and a 20-Ah, 48-volt, lithium-ion battery pack tucked into the baseboard. Different power settings can be used to get better performance or equalize the energy usage.

It won’t be easy to lug around at 90 pounds, but if you’re an urban street cruiser then that shouldn’t be a hassle. The extra weight helps provide extra features, like regenerative brakes paired with front-wheel hydraulic disk braking. It’s still a prototype, but its creator hopes to put up models for sale in the near future.

A blend of road-worthy and rugged, the self-balancing electric scooter boasts a quick-start functionality and speeds of up to 25 miles per hour which is cool for scooting around and through traffic in crowded cities for hours, all in a single charge.

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Fashion Lifestyle

Get Ready for Halloween With These Cute New Ideas!

Ok, so you’ve decorated your home, found costumes for your kids and pets, and added some fun decorations for your front door. Some designs are just too cute to pass up while others are just spooky and festive. Each year, trends for Halloween change so let’s see what’s hot for 2019!

Bring Your Planters Into The Festivities:

There are so many really adorable, fantastic decorations to brighten up your planters that will bring a smile to your face. 

From ghosts to skulls, and even monsters planters, they have all increased in sales for October 31! These designs are perfect for all you minimalists as well.

Check It Out!

Your Front Door Will Take Center Stage:

Your front door is a huge focal point for Halloween decorations. Neighbors and trick-or-treaters will love the designs that are coming out this year. Look into some spooking wreaths, add some classic cobwebs with dangling spiders, or fun doormats.

Add a few Boo” signs in your front yard to usher Halloween in with a bit of pizzazz and a whole lot of fun!

For Your Door

Get Ready For Doggy Costumes!

Whether your dog will appreciate being dressed up for Halloween or not, these costumes are just to die for! Shopping for dog costumes is on the rise this year, though I think probably every year!

There are so many really cute costumes to choose from in all sizes and shapes!

Woof-Woof!

Spooky Candle Light!

What Halloween décor is complete without candles? Whether you want to go crazy or just add a touch, candles are ready for Halloween as well.

Place a few on your mantle place, on your bookcase, end tables, and everywhere else!  You are ready to go!

Check It Out!

Ahh, Spooky Nostalgia!

There are decorations, costumes, hats, cats, and everything else that seems to evoke yesteryear and never grow old.

So many shoppers will look high and low for vintage, classic styles, and designs from as far back as Victorian times! Who wouldn’t fall in love with a Victorian Witch’s get up?

BOO!

Dress Up As A Lion!

Whether you are a kid getting ready for trick or treat or a young adult heading to a masquerade party, the oldest question of all times – What am I going to be? There seems to be a rise in lion costumes, elaborate masks, and aliens!

Alien costumes can be adorable, comfy, or a tad bit naughty! Add a cute mask or grab some glitter make up and have fun designing your face. The sky’s the limit!

What could possibly be cuter than dressing up like an adorable lion and knocking on someone’s door?  If you are not into costumes, how about just grabbing a really cool mask?

Trick-Or-Treat!

Ok, so you’ve decorated your home, found costumes for your kids and pets, and added some fun decorations for your front door. Some designs are just too cute to pass up while others are just spooky and festive. Each year, trends for Halloween change so...

Celebs Fashion Inspiring Stories

Once Again Meghan Markle Speaks Up For Ethical, Sustainable Fashion

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her heart.  Sarah Staudinger, the co-founder of STAUD, was so honored that Meghan chose to wear one of her designs, a recycled nylon dress.

During her visit to the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, she wore an olive green shirt dress with a cream-coloured headscarf and flats.  Not only was the look very chic but was made entirely from recycled nylon, showing her need to speak up for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The designer told the press that the response to Meghan’s choice in clothing has been incredible and has given her great exposure to a much larger audience.  This dress can be pre-ordered for $325.

Zero-Waste Fashion

From the beginning of the tour, her sustainable theme in clothing was apparent with her black and white print dress from Mayamiko.  Mayamiko is an ethical, zero-waste fashion line that uses reclaimed, re-cycled materials along with locally sourced fabrics from Malawi.

Mayamiko has stepped up and trained disadvantaged women in their workshop and many of these women suffer from the HIV pandemic.  Their line of clothing is produced in limited supplies and therefore Meghan’s Dalitso Dress was sold out almost immediately.

Meghan has also worn outfits she has re-cycled from her own closet, such as her blue Veronica Beard shirt dress and her striped Martin Grant maxi dress which she wore on her last tour.

This is not the first time the Duchess has chosen clothes from her closet, she also revamped a black jumpsuit from her Everlane collection which she wore in a video for British Vogue last September. This video was called Forces For Change which she played a large role in editing.

She has become a positive role model for women everywhere with her views about eco-friendly fashion.  Zofia Day, Los Angeles-based and founder of Lisette Polyn Jewelry, said Meghan chose her pave diamond and gold bracelet to accessorize her Everlane jumpsuit.

She went on to say that Meghan is showing women that it’s beautiful to be conscious of our environment and you can make choices that make a difference.

This project has been a passion of Meghan’s since she and Harry announced their engagement.  As a matter of fact, during one of her first royal walking tours, she wore a sustainable Welsh denim brand from Hiut Denim Co which creates organic sustainable jeans and employs from their own community.

The Duchess also dons ethical and socially conscious lines like Gabriela Hirst, Maggie Marilyn, Reformation, and Outland Denim. She chose Stella McCartney to design her evening wedding reception dress.  Stella is considered an early pioneer of ethical fashion.

Many women have watched Meghan emerge as someone passionate about our environment and feel a need to make a strong statement to other women that it is chic and fashionable to wear clothes from recycled materials.  Not only does she always look amazing, but she will not be a hypocrite when it comes to how she addresses concerns for our planet.

Each one of us should take a little time and go through our closets and see what we can bring back into the light of day.  How many of us have clothes we have worn once and then just locked up in our closets never to be worn again?  Maybe it’s time to reconsider!

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her...

Vacation

Top 10 Beaches for a Winter Getaway

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

This is how near we can get to the postcard image of a relaxing vacation. Fortunately, the world is full of them. But where do we go? Where do we visit? Are you in search of paradise, a place to exile yourself with a good book and the refreshing sound of lapping waves and good company? Or are you all about the action, want to surf, para-sail or swim?

Putting a range of factors into consideration, from water temperatures to visitor ratings, the average number of sunny days to proximity to bars, restaurants, hotels, bars, and nightlife here’s a compilation of the top ten world’s best beaches.

Top Ten

The beaches at the top two are both located within the Caribbean, with Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands taking the top spot, scoring 96 out of 100, closely followed by Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island in the Bahamas with 91.

In visitor ratings, they both scored full marks. Pink Sands gets only 223 days of sunshine a year as opposed to Grace Bay’s 319.

Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue Island in the gorgeous Seychelles sits on the third spot. In terms of restaurants, weather, and activities, it scored well. High temperatures and plenty of sunshine play a big factor in the appeal of any beach.

Playa Norte on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres tops the hot list with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). With an average of 352 days of sunbathing on offer annually, Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand came out number one.

It has an almost unbelievable average water temperature of 28.9°C (84.02°F) because of the extended sunshine. If you want to reside in Thailand, Railay Beach is ranked the best for activities with 11 various options to select from at an average 4.9 rating out of 5. If 11 is not adequate enough for you, you’ll find a mind-boggling 61 different things to do back at Maya Bay.

For visitor activities, the highest-ranked beaches are Varadero Beach, Cuba; Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles and Hidden Beach, El Nido, Philippines – all top rated with 5 out of 5.

Nightlife becomes a contributing factor when the sun sets and the party starts. Grace Bay takes the cake for this one, with full marks for nightlife visitor ratings.

For choices, head to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with an unbelievable 19 major bars and nightclubs close by. For fewer crowds but proximity to great restaurants, Malmok Beach in Noord, Aruba are the best.

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

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Celebs Fashion

Ivanka Trump Rocks Mom’s Cocktail Dress

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and oil heir Michael Hess, Ivanka wore a shiny white, gold and black cocktail dress on the second night of the lavish affair.

The 37-year-old first daughter and White House Adviser sported a swept-back updo, red lipstick and gold strappy heels as accessories in a photo shared to her Instagram story.

The Bob Mackie dress was first worn by Ivana Trump in 1991. Since then, her daughter has borrowed the fringed outfit twice. The first time being a fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra’s wedding in 2014.

Glamourous Affair

The White House first daughter and husband, Jared Kushner, in-laws Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Orlando Bloom, and Katy Perry were some of the 300 guests present at the Nonoo and Hess’ multi-day wedding celebration, held at the classy Villa Aurelia.

The Villa is said to be one of the most exclusive and wanted wedding venues in Rome.

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion...

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6 Great Candy-Free Halloween Treats Kids Love

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids a real treat this year.

Spooky Halloween-themed glow sticks

These will light up the kid’s faces when they see these funky Halloween glow sticks. Instead of a straight stick, this pack of 12 lights comes in all sorts of spooky designs.

Choose from skulls, jack o’ lanterns, stars, axes, tridents, and skulls! These amazing favors will have kids reaching away from the candy and picking up something different for the celebration.

Fearsome Stampers

These scary stampers are going to be a real hit this Halloween. The pack has lots of different spooky designs including ghosts, mummies, witches, pumpkins and lots more cool designs.

The ink used is not toxic and is fully washable so the kids can have fun stamping cards, art, and anything else that takes their fancy.

Traditional Play-Doh

Play-Doh always goes down well but these special Halloween colors are going to win the day. These are the treats that most parents will thank you for.

Less candy is always good, but these one-ounce containers come in a variety of Halloween-themed colors – orange, purple, green, black and white and can be used long after Halloween to keep the kids occupied.

Super-Cute Wind-up monsters

These monsters are completely adorable because let’s face it, Halloween is not all about being scary!

These come in packs of 12 and include all the popular monsters like mummies, skeletons, vampires and a few other creepy items like fangs and eyeballs. They can even race against each other so the fun can keep going well into November.

Halloween pencils with giant erasers

Pencils and erasers make great treats plus they are useful for doing homework!

The packs contain 36 pencils in lots of spooky designs including bats, black cats, ghosts, witches and vampires. At around $13 for a pack of 36, they are not going to break the bank and kids will overlook the candy to get their hands on them.

Squishies

Who doesn’t love those soft and completely smushy squishies? Certainly they are popular with kids and the Halloween versions will have everyone beating a path to your door.

As with regular squishies you squeeze them and then they slowly go back to their shape, but these are in spooky Halloween designs. They are also great to use as prizes if you organize any Halloween games.

These are the 6 non-candy Halloween treats we chose but there are many more out there to choose from. Not only do they mean less candy but it also helps kids with food allergies join in with all the fun. So this year why not get creative and take a look around for more great candy-free Halloween treats.

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids...

Fashion Lifestyle

Learn How to Sell Your Used Clothes Online or Host a Clothing Swap

While you are purchasing in quality garments, you might want to consider buying cheaper fashions by shopping secondhand or offer clothing you no longer want and make money by selling them! If you get in the practice of taking care of your clothes, you can pass them on to other people who will fall in love with them.

Here’s some advice for hosting a successful clothing swap:

Selling:

If you have high-quality clothes, you might want to sell them or get on sites that are now set up for people to sell clothing they no longer want such as Buffalo Exchange or Square Space just to name two.

Swapping:

Invite a crew, create a playlist, provide snacks, and get ready to clean out your closet. Presenting a clothing swap is one of the best ways to get rid of clothing you are not going to ever wear again. You will help stop the avalanche of clothing ending up in landfills, harming the environment.

According to the McKinsey Report, consumers have purchased over 60% more clothes in 2014 than in 2000. Over the past 20 years, the fashion industry has produced far too many clothes that are cheaper but consumers will only wear for a brief period of time before tossing them out. These clothes are the fastest growing items of waste that are filling up our landfills.

Keep Your Standards High –

You want people to buy items they’d be happy to give as gifts to friends and family. Make sure your clothes are not stained or ripped. Check over your clothes before offering them for sale or swapping.

Organize Your Clothes –

Organize your clothing in categories such as tops, pants, dresses, size, and shoes. This would only work if you have enough items to do so, otherwise, it could be overkill.

Create An Appealing Display –

Provide racks or tables so potential buyers or swappers can go through the items easily. If limited, you can also use the floor or your sofa.

Plan For Consumers Wanting To Try Items On –

Make sure they have a place to try items on such as a bedroom or bathroom as a changing room. Have a full-length mirror for them to view the outfit.

Have A Give-Back Plan –

If friends have contributed to the clothing swap, be prepared to give them back. Any items that are left behind, find organizations that will take in donations.

While you are purchasing in quality garments, you might want to consider buying cheaper fashions by shopping secondhand or offer clothing you no longer want and make money by selling them! If you get in the practice of taking care of your clothes, you can...

Vacation

The Top 10 Places You Should Visit This Fall

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

With fall right around the corner, temperatures are starting to fall and leaves are turning spectacular shades of orange, red, and yellow.  This is also the time of year when many start planning their autumn getaways.

Its time to make your plans for a weekend getaway, pack your bags, and make your airline and hotel reservations. If you want an absolutely spectacular, unforgettable vacation, we are here to help you plan for a special trip.

We have chosen the 10 hot spots that have shown a lot of activity in searches and showing a climb in tourism that is expected to last until the winter months set in.  Reports from several travel agencies have shown that Germany to Japan will offer enough excitement to entice everyone from around the world.

From frequent travelers to couch potatoes, no one can turn down these tempting destinations!

Where’s That?

Reports have revealed a rise in lesser-known locations to famous annual events such as Oktoberfest.  Travelers, in the drones, are racing to glorious places like Austria and Switzerland.  As summer travelers are slowing down, the autumn crowd is picking up.

The U.S To Mexico To Canada:

There are a lot of U.S travelers that would prefer to travel a little closer to home, not needing to deal with their passports.  The Carolinas have always been a top choice in the United States due to the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.

Along for the ride are 2 cities in Mexico; Miguel Hidalgo and Tepoztlán. Another fabulous destination is Regina which is the capital of the Canadian province Saskatchewan.  It’s the second-largest city in the province and is known for its cultural and commercial centers.

Ready To Travel? In Order, Here Are The Top Ten Locations For This Year:

  • Regina, Canada (at 328%)
  • Beatenberg, Switzerland (at 312%)
  • Beppu, Japan (at 288%)
  • Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico (at 279%)
  • Culebra, Puerto Rico (at 250%)
  • Tepoztlán, Mexico (at 250%)
  • Halle, Germany (at 248%)
  • Anderson, South Carolina (at 247%)
  • Pinehurst, North Carolina (at 243%)
  • Obertraun, Austria (at 232%)

If you do not have any vacation time left, check out your own local areas for autumn events.  If you are lucky enough to live in a place that screams gorgeous foliage, go for a day-long hike or maybe travel on horseback!  Join in on the fun at delicious foodfests or festivals that are popping up everywhere with fun activities for your kids or to bring out the kid in you!

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

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Which Members of the Royal Family Fly Commercial, and Why

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if and when royals fly commercial.

Prince Harry and his spouse have voiced concerns multiple times about the current condition of the environment and where it’s headed; they have shown themselves to be highly committed to environmental efforts, but it was exactly this that confused many when they flew to Nice with their son Archie on a private jet provided by Elton John and David Furnish.

Friends With Jets

Elton has been Princess Diana’s – Harry’s mother – friend, for quite a long time, so when contention arose, he tweeted that the flight was made carbon-neutral by donating efforts to reduce emissions.

This occurrence has many wondering, however, how often royals are flying on private jets and if they fly commercial at all. According to Hello!, most royals fly commercial some of the time.

The main exception to this is the Queen herself. Her Majesty only flies private, so you would never site her on a commercial flight. Both Prince William and Prince Harry, however, have flow commercial on multiple occasions.

They even flew economy during a low-profile visit to the States in 2014. People have also seen William and Kate on commercial flights, but most often in the first-class section.

Harry and Meghan along with a few bodyguards were spotted last December in the back row of a commercial flight to France, according to the Telegraph, but they kept a few empty rows between them and the rest of the plane.

Very recently, on August 22, the Daily Mail reported that the entire Cambridge family took a budget flight to Scotland.

Of course, they were surrounded by security guards and assistants – so much so that you may not even be able to see members of the family even if you’re on the same flight!

One passenger professed as much to the Daily Mail: “The family were sat right at the front. I fly this route all the time and we were none the wiser. No one knew they were on the flight. Later on, I realized that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.”

When the royals do fly commercial, they often try to fly with British Companies, specifically British Airways, according to Hello!.

The royal family has a special connection to the airline since the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for them back in the day before shifting to a party décor business in the late 1980s. In fact, it’s where they met and fell in love!

Depends Where They’re Going

According to Vogue, however, the main factor that influences whether a royal chooses to fly private or commercial is why they are flying.

Basically, if a royal is on public or state business, he or she is able to fly on a private jet, most often because senior members of the royal family are traveling as representatives of the family and British government.

If a royal is traveling for family trips or personal travel, they are to travel just like any other private citizen – on a commercial jet.

Of course, because of their wealth, they can always fly first class or purchase all the seats around them in economy, but they do fly commercial when it’s for their own personal purposes because of both budget and public perception.

In addition, concerns of the environment’s state have also come into play.

Many protested back in 2011 when Prince Charles borrowed a friend’s private jet. According to BBC, the royal family claimed that it was a cost-saving measure.

It most likely was, saving tax-payers from having to pay for his flight, but many were still displeased with the future king’s apparent disregard for the environment.

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if...

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Things You Should Know Before Ordering Steak at Your Favorite Restaurant!

If you like your steaks medium-rare, you need to be careful because you might not get what you are expecting in this day and age.

Most professional chefs will tell you for a medium-rare steak the temperature must be 135° to seal in the flavor and ensure the steak is tender.  The steak should also be allowed a little more time for that nice charring on the outside.

Today, ordering a medium-rare steak might end up being a great deal rarer than you were hoping for.  Many customers at their favorite restaurant have reported that when their order for a medium-rare is delivered to their table, the meat is almost completely raw!

So, Why Is My Medium-Rare Steak Raw?

It really has nothing to do with the cooking process, it’s the cost!

The cost for a high-quality rib eye is now $8 while a few years ago it was $6. We all know that the cost of living is on the rise from our rental costs to labor.  With restaurants, the competition is very high causing more high-end restaurants to try and outdo their competition both in food, décor, and even advertising.

Costs Effect The Cooking Process:

If a customer has to send their steak back because it’s under-cooked, the chef will put it back on the grill for a few minutes which will not increase the cost when it’s returned to the customer.

On the other hand, if a customer complains their steak is over-cooked, it has to be thrown out and the chef must start all over again and this leads to higher costs,  Today, profit margins are very tight and therefore a chef will show caution by under-cooking the steak.

How To Get Your Steak Just Right:

You should try to communicate with your waiter what you want in your steak. Instead of ordering a medium-rare steak, tell them you want a medium-rare + steak.

It will still be medium-rare but just cooked a little bit longer.  This will guarantee you get the steak your want so you can enjoy every morsel!  If you bring home a doggy bag, you should know how to reheat your steak without losing those incredible flavors,  Check out this link for great results.

I hope this will help you get the steak you are expecting the next time go out to eat!

If you like your steaks medium-rare, you need to be careful because you might not get what you are expecting in this day and age.

Most professional chefs will tell you for a medium-rare steak the temperature must be 135° to seal in the flavor and ensure the...